I am aware that some cultures view the word Pragmatic in a negative way. Thinking in terms of
being very prescriptive and controlling. As you will see, this is not what we
mean by Pragmatic.
Everyone has heard of the 80/20 rule. But this is not
marketing hype. The 80/20 rule has scientific grounding and is also known as
the “The Pareto principle”, “the law of the vital few” or “the principle of
factor sparsity”. All of which state that, for many events, roughly 80% of the
effects come from 20% of the effort.
It doesn’t say what the effect will be - good or bad. Put in
the “right” 20% and you will probably get “Good” effects. Put in the “wrong”
20% and you will probably get “Bad” effects. But it implies that it is good to
concentrate on the 20% of things that produce the best effects.
Put simply, being Pragmatic
means - Doing the right things - Effectiveness.
So, with respect to transformation (projects) we could say
that 20% of what companies are doing, generates 80% of the results. 80% of
projects fail! That indicates to me that companies are doing the WRONG 20%!
How does the 80/20 rule
manifest itself inside your Enterprise?
What proportion of your time
is spent on the 20% that produces 80% of the benefit vs the 80% that will
only produce 20% of the benefit?